These little seeds absorb up to 12x their weight in water and develop a soft texture. I urge you to try them, in the right context they are delightful and add a really interesting texture to foods. I love adding them to soups, stews and drinks.
You’ll reap the most benefits from chia seeds if you soak them. You can sprinkle them on foods without soaking however the nutrients won’t be quite as bioavailable. Typically a ratio of 1:10 is taken when soaking chia to get a “pudding.” You can also grind chia seeds and add the flour to baked goods or use it as a thickener.
It’s important to note that when you consume ground or unsoaked chia seeds that they will absorb moisture, so be sure to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. When you soak your seeds, allow them to sit for at least 30 minutes.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
– Digestive Health
– Weight Loss, appetite suppressant
– Omega-3 Fatty Acid ALA
– Strong Bones and Teeth
– Healthy Skin
– Increased Energy
– Help Prevent Diabetes
– High in Protein